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Popular Jazz Musician Dies After Rescue Try

Sun., Feb. 23, 1997

Jazz guitarist Zachary Breaux died of a heart attack after trying to save a swimmer caught by a riptide. He was 36.

Breaux’s latest album, the funk- and jazz-influenced “Uptown Groove,” reached No. 14 on Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart after its release last month, with heavy air play for the “Never Can Say Goodbye” single.

Breaux was vacationing on Miami Beach with his family Thursday when he went to help a woman swimmer who was caught by a powerful riptide.

Breaux, too, was caught by the current, and suffered a heart attack after he was pulled ashore. The woman, Eugenia Poleyeff, 66, of Brooklyn, N.Y., also died.

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